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UN Member States, Officials Exchange Views on QCPR Negotiations[viewed]

UN Member States and officials exchanged views on their desired content for the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) 2016, on which governments are expected to begin negotiating in October 2016. The QCPR is the UNGA mechanism to assess UN operational activities for development and the functioning of the UN Development System (UNDS) every four years. Discussions on the 2016 QCPR will focus on ensuring that the UNDS is fit to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data[viewed]

Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on: innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change; and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

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HRC Discusses Integrating Gender in its Work[viewed]

At the UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) annual discussion on addressing gender concerns in its work and mechanisms, panelists and participants discussed: eliminating gender-based discrimination in nationality; meeting the gender-specific needs of female offenders and prisoners; and learning from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to implement country-specific approaches to Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) on gender, among other topics.

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SDG Fund, IPI Showcase Private Sector's Role in SDG Implementation[viewed]

Participants highlighted the private sector's growing awareness the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their increasing participation in implementing them, during a high-level event on business and peace in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN SDG Fund (SDGF) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) organized the event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Global Governance Group, ASEAN Ministers Focus on Development, Climate Agreements[viewed]

The UN Global Governance Group (3G) has called on the Group of 20 (G-20) to make low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure development a cornerstone of its future work, to ensure that international climate targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be fully achieved. The 3G is an informal grouping of smaller and medium-sized UN Member States.

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African Countries, Partners, Assess Strategies for Aligning the Mining Sector to SDGs[viewed]

An article titled ‘Involving the Mining Sector in Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality,' which is based on a review commissioned by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), argues that developing a certification system for land degradation neutrality (LDN) could stimulate interest in economic sectors such as mining “that have otherwise not yet centrally engaged with sustainable land management (SLM) issues at a policy level, while also helping businesses to comply with new legislation on LDN.” LDN is one of the targets under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on land).

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Event: Global Sustainable Transport Conference[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development.

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Event: High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries[viewed]

The High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) will review progress and challenges for LLDCs in developing and maintaining efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems.

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Guest Article #64: China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?[viewed]

In an innovative and promising development from the Leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20), this year's meeting in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September 2016, considered conclusions from a Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) that this year deliberated for the first time. The Leaders' Communiqué offers some indications of G-20 governments' commitment to a green finance that truly allows environmental considerations to influence financial ones.

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Officials Discuss Implementing SDGs in Crisis-Affected Countries[viewed]

UN officials discussed the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in crisis-affected and post-crisis countries, at a high-level event organized by the UN Development Group (UNDG) on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Participants heard that: Somalia has mainstreamed the SDGs into its first national development plan in more than three decades; the g7+ group of self-identified fragile states is prioritizing peace- and state-building within SDG planning processes; and Burkina Faso integrated climate risks into its recently approved national development strategy.

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